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AG Nessel working on potential settlement in same-sex adoption case

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A settlement may be coming in a lawsuit involving some Michigan adoption agencies’ ability to refuse services to same-sex couples.

The ACLU of Michigan and some same-sex couples are suing the state over its contracts with faith-based agencies that offer adoption and foster services. Those agencies can deny services to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is a spokeswoman for Attorney General Dana Nessel. The AG’s office represents the state departments that are being sued.

“So, we have been working with our clients and the plaintiffs because both have expressed an interest in resolving this legal matter,” she says.

During the campaign, then-candidate Attorney General Dana Nessel said she might not support the lawsuit.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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